“Die Hard” star Bruce Willis will retire from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, which is a brain damage that hinders the person to express and understand spoken and written language. For “Die Hard” fans everywhere, this is a hard update to chew on, but Willis’s family is there to support him through aphasia challenges.
Willis’s art was recognized with “The Sixth Sense” and “Pulp Fiction” where he won a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy Awards. His versatile acting abilities have been so well-respected in Hollywood, ranging from characters that are calm and wise to those that can be charming and cunning. A lot of the characters he played challenged his current persona, allowing him to deeply sink into the character’s exposition and exploring their flaws to enhance the emotional impact the character can bring on the silver screen.
“The Sixth Sense” brought Willis a lot of recognition to his potential in acting as the film received six Oscar nominations and made $300 million in the box office. Haunting and meditative, Willis played as a child psychologist who wants to help a young child go through his struggling mindset of seeing dead people. The child psychologist faces his own complications as his wife ignores him. He believes that work is what is cutting between their relationships. Even after 20 years, “The Sixth Sense” is still loved by many across the globe as it forces the audience to witness the traumas of their own mind.
The actor’s family said, “We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.” Although Willis made a prominent career in the 80s and 90s, he was still involved with acting. He appeared in eight films that were released in 2021, but the films did not receive critical acclaim.
Larry Gordon, the producer of “Die Hard,” shared his sadness of hearing Willis’s condition. He said that Willis is a gutsy guy. On Twitter, some fans of Bruce Willis thanked him for his stunning performance in the films they loved throughout the years.
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.” – Bruce Willis’s family statement.